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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 3632..


The numbers above refers to the number of consecutive episodes of bypass, i.e. if on one calendar day "bypass"is called twice with a non-bypass time in between this counts as 2 episodes. Consecutive episodes are counted as 1 regardless of the amount of consecutive time on "bypass".

(3) The reason that The Canberra Hospital (TCH) goes on bypass (load share) is to distribute the workload by directing less urgent ambulance patients to Calvary Hospital, allowing staff at TCH to attend to more seriously ill patients and ACT Ambulance resources to be used in the most efficient manner.

The answer to the member's question for Calvary Health Care is as follows:

(1) On how many occasions this calendar year has Calvary Hospital been on bypass.

Calvary Hospital has been on bypass 11 times this year. It should be noted that on the weekend of the 23-25th July by-pass was due to the upgrade of the electrical board change over and the limited bypass was planned in advance.

(2) What is the breakdown in figures in each part (1) each month from January to July and what is the current figures for the month of August.

Calvary Hospital has been on bypass on 11 occasions in the 2005 calendar year

No. of occasions

Jan 05

Feb 05

Mar 05

Apr 05

May 05

Jun 05

Jul 05

Aug 05

Calvary

1

0

0

0

0

0

7

3

The numbers above refers to the number of consecutive episodes of bypass, i.e. if on one calendar day "bypass"is called twice with a non-bypass time in between this counts as 2 episodes. Consecutive episodes are counted as 1 regardless of the amount of consecutive time on "bypass".

(3) What were the reasons for the bypass on each occasion that a hospital has been placed on bypass this calendar year

Bypass is used to distribute less urgent cases to TCH when Calvary Hospital is experiencing peaks in demand. This is a mutual arrangement with TCH and ensures that ACT Ambulance resources are used in the most efficient manner.

Hospitals-elective surgery waiting lists

(Question No 470)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 17 August 2005:

(1) Does the Government monitor and keep a record of the "other reasons"that patients are removed from the elective surgery waiting list; if so, how many people removed for "other reasons"(a) died, (b) received their surgery interstate, (c) received their surgery at a local private hospital, (d) chose not to have surgery and (e) their surgery was cancelled; if not, why not and will you begin monitoring and recording these reasons;

(2) If no to part (1) what does the Government presume are the reasons that people are removed from the elective surgery waiting list under the category "other reasons";

(3) Why in the months of May and June have the figures for patients removed for "other reasons"been so high in comparison to previous months.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:


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